Day trip: Skipping stones, writing novels, and trusting your instincts

This week I have the pleasure of being Monday’s Friend at the website of author Sara Jayne Townsend.

Skipping stones is one way to write a novel. No, really.

A handful of stories waiting to be told. (Photo by roundedbygravity)

The fun thing about being one of Sara’s Monday guests is that the topic is wide open. Anything related to writing is fair game. I decided to talk — a little obliquely — about the fear that held me back from finishing a novel for too many years.

If you’re an aspiring writer, this post is for you. If you’re a voyeur who likes to peek at others’ insecurities, this post is for you.

Come on over to Sara’s and visit. I’ll be the one skipping stones.

M.Q. Barber

M.Q. Barber is the USA Today bestselling author of the Neighborly Affection contemporary romance series. She's also an inveterate, unrepentant scribbler of ideas on whatever's handy.

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